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Why the Zero Pressure Conveyor is Now the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor

Posted by Kevin Mauger | Monday, January 27, 2020

We’ve recently changed the name of our Glide-Line Zero Pressure Conveyor to a name that better reflects how we help your clients. It’s now called the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor

So, why the change?

We wanted people to more quickly understand what the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor could accomplish. 


Zero pressure is the term used in very specific industries such as warehousing and packaging. It refers to the backpressure caused by accumulation, which can be potentially damaging to cases, cartons, and products on a conveyor line. However, people are often using our conveyors on shorter, more specific direct product or pallet handling systems - so “pressure” is not always the culprit of damage as much as “product contact.” We wanted to make sure the name of this conveyor actually reflected the challenge people use it to solve - so we updated it. 


The Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor has three main benefits: 

1Zero contact accumulation: By controlling the individual product zones on a conveyor line using one-to-one driver-zone controls, we’re able to accomplish zero product contact during accumulation on a conveyor line. This significantly reduces the chance of product damage.

2Energy savings: Since zones are individually controlled and the conveyors only run when the pallets need to be in motion, we’re able to save energy and run the conveyor more efficiently. 

3Limited wear and tear: When a belt or chain is running underneath a static pallet or product, there is inherent wear and tear. Since this conveyor doesn’t run when the pallets don’t need to be moving, we’re able to reduce that wear and tear on the line.


This conveyor features 24VDC brushless motors, which are maintenance-free and virtually noise free. The 24VDC version even comes with its own driver cards that includes embedded zero contact logic.  Additionally, we now offer an AC version as well, with more torque; this leads to increased capacity.


The Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor still solves the issue of backpressure, as well, as we mentioned above; we haven’t neglected the very issue that originally gave us its name. But most importantly, there have been no changes in the other important aspects of the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor: quality, flexibility, and lead time.


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Quality is an important core of our business; we choose the best materials that will meet your clients’ needs when it comes to supporting their products and matching the speed and strength they need. Additionally, Glide-Line has lead times ½ of our competitors. Our conveyor is highly modular and designed extremely intelligently, allowing us to quickly deliver conveyors and devices customized to your clients’ needs. Yes, you read that right: customized configurations at half the lead time. None of this has been compromised with the change in name to the Zero Contact Zoned Conveyor. 


Questions? Feel free to reach out to the Glide-Line team - we’re happy to help and answer anything you’d like to know.   


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Written by Kevin Mauger

Kevin Mauger started working for the parent company of Glide-Line the day after college and bought the company 12 years into his career when it was at an all-time low. The company has multiplied in volume 5X since and is growing at 20%+ year over year. In a Surprise Announcement in 2017, in a dream come true, he gave almost half of his company to his employees. Personally, his entire life is based upon spending time with his family, figuring out a way to get out deep sea fishing, and supporting his Philadelphia Eagles. His vision for Glide-Line is to make it the world’s most flexible multi-strand conveyor solution with tools for customers allowing instantaneous response and control of their own destiny along with the fastest deliveries in the industry.

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Glide-Line offers the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

We solve problems that other conveyor systems manufacturers won’t. We developed Glide-Line from the ground up with a few key, driving factors in mind. First, our conveyors had to be robust and reliable. Second, they would be simple – easy to maintain and service. Finally, we insisted on flexible configurability, creating an efficient, hassle-free customer experience. We’ve built the most versatile multi-strand panel and pallet-handling solution available for the assembly automation industry.

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